After what is enthusiastically touted as a successful year, Sooke Arts Council members paint an even better picture of even better days to come in 2022, with a little help from the community.
The gallery operated by the Sooke Arts Council sold more than $ 16,000 worth of local artisans’ work last year, including paintings, fabric artwork, sculptures and other items that display the flair of Sooke’s arts community, noted Linda Slater, longtime director of the board. and former president.
“I think this is a testament to the fact that the gallery has made a significant difference for artists and the community,” Slater said. “We see more and more people coming here all the time. We need more volunteers and more artists to exhibit their work because there is definitely a demand for it.
While the lease is secured at the current location at 6596 Sooke Rd. For another year, council is already considering finding another location.
“We would love to partner with another organization in their current location to share the space,” Slater said. “I think it would be a win-win for both parties and the community as well.”
Another sign of the council’s growing profile is that art classes that started last year for a low price sold out before COVID put the brakes on them, Slater said. “There is a real desire for this in the community, and it is something that we hope to return to when the restrictions are relaxed.”
“We are also trying to set up an art lending library,” she added. “We have a lot of crochet, knitting and painting books that people have donated that we want to make available for our members to borrow. “
Memberships cost $ 20 per year and are a significant source of income for running costs and gallery expenses, and you don’t have to be an artist to register.
Slater also encourages people to sign up for newsletters, which contain information about upcoming shows.
The gallery is run by volunteers, so there is always a need for more helping hands.
“It can be as little as a day a week and it’s a great way to meet new people and have a good time,” Slater said.
The gallery is open Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed for the holidays, but will begin 2022 with a new exhibit on January 12.
For more information on volunteering, upcoming shows or to sign up for the newsletter or a membership, visit sookearts.com.
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